Learn to layout, assemble, maintain and repair piping systems which carry water, steam, chemicals or fuel used in heating, cooling, lubricating and other processes.

As a steamfitter-pipefitter, you’ll:

  • install a typical piping system in a commercial building or industrial plant
  • study blueprints, drawings or specifications to determine the type of pipe and tools to use
  • make detailed sketches for pipe and equipment fabrication and installation
  • measure, cut, thread, groove, bend, assemble and install metal, plastic and fibreglass pipes, valves and fittings
  • join pipe sections and related equipment to secure them into position
  • use testing equipment to check systems for leaks.

You may also remove and replace worn components, do general maintenance work and work on plant shut-downs.

Certification is required to work in this trade. This means you must either be a registered apprentice working under the guidance of a certified journeyperson or you must be a journeyperson yourself.

Steamfitter pipefitters are skilled tradespeople who like working with their hands on physically demanding tasks.

This line of work is most fulfilling for those who enjoy working independently.

To succeed in this trade, you should:

  • enjoy problem-solving
  • be a creative thinker
  • be able to visualize and execute complex instructions
  • enjoy working in physically active environments
  • have mechanical ability and manual dexterity
  • have the ability to accurately estimate and measure sizes and lengths
  • be comfortable working independently
  • be committed to maintaining safe working conditions.

Upon successfully completing the required working hours and technical training periods, you'll be awarded an advanced diploma and journeyperson status by Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

This is a Red Seal Endorsed trade – a recognizable standard that allows tradespeople to work across Canada.

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Careers and opportunities

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 72012, 72300, 72301, 72302, 72501, 74204, 92101.

Apprenticeship training

The term of apprenticeship for a steamfitter pipefitter is four years (four 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1560 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of classroom instruction each year.

Year 1 | Period 1

You’ll learn standard workplace safety, rigging, tools, equipment and materials. You’ll also cover metal fabrication, drawing and specifications, calculation and science.

All year 1 Plumber, Gasfitter, and Steamfitter apprentices will share a common schedule, attending all classroom instruction and labs together.

Training length: 8 weeks

Year 2 | Period 2

You’ll learn about heating systems, hydronic heating, rigging equipment and hoisting communication, specialty piping, gas fitting fundamentals, drawings, layouts and elevations.

Training length: 8 weeks

Year 3 | Period 3

You’ll learn about low-pressure steam and condensate systems, instrumentation and trade technologies, welding processes, hoist planning and cranes, process diagrams and mitre elbows.

Training length: 8 weeks

Year 4 | Period 4

You’ll learn about high-pressure steam and condensate systems, process piping systems, job planning and lifts, revised drawings and projects.

Training length: 8 weeks

Apprenticeship education performance

You must pass each section of the course and the AIT exam to succeed in apprenticeship education. 

The passing grade for each period is no less than 50% in each course, with no less than a 65% average overall. A passing mark on each provincial exam and the interprovincial qualification (Red Seal Exam) is 70%.

View Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training procedures

Training pathways

You can earn your journeyperson designation in the following way.

The traditional training pathway begins with finding a job with an employer willing to indenture you as an apprentice. Once you are an apprentice, you will alternate between on-the-job training and educational periods. 
You must apply for an apprenticeship through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training before attending your first education period at SAIT. 

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Pre-employment pathway

SAIT’s Pre-employment Pipetrades program prepares you to enter into an apprenticeship with hands-on skills. Upon successfully completing the program, you’ll qualify to challenge the first-year Gasfitter, Plumber and Steamfitter Pipefitter apprenticeship exams.

Admission requirements

To enter an apprenticeship, you must have the educational qualifications required or recommended education for the trade to which you apply.

Entrance requirements are monitored and set by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Minimum requirements

Successful completion of the following courses:

  • English 20-2
  • Math 20-3
  • Science 10


A pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests


Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance exam.

Recommended requirements

Apprentices with an Alberta High School Diploma that includes the following courses:

  • English 30-2
  • Math 30-3
  • Physics 30 OR Chemistry 30 OR Science 30
  • Related career and technology studies (CTS) courses
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Once you have begun working as an apprentice, you can attend SAIT to complete your technical training.

You'll register for technical training at SAIT on MyTradeSecrets or you can register by phone.

Transfer agreements

At SAIT, we evaluate post-secondary credit you have previously earned and apply it to your SAIT credential. Explore our formal transfer agreements available for this program.

We can evaluate your prior education, even if we don't have a formal agreement in place.

Submit a transfer credit application

There are no formal transfer agreements currently in place for this program.

Transfer options for graduates

Build on the knowledge you’ve learned at SAIT. The opportunity to advance your education at an accredited post-secondary institution may be available.

🔗 Visit Transfer Alberta search tool for a full list of transfer opportunities within the province.

University of the Fraser Valley

Program name
Bachelor of Business Administration for Trades Management
Available credits:

As a certified tradesperson with at least one year of full-time work experience in the field and the necessary English and introductory business prerequisites, you can apply to the University of the Fraser Valley’s Bachelor of Business Administration for Trades Management.

This five (5) semester program complements your prior learning with the fundamentals of business management theories and practices. This will help you successfully function as a manager or owner of a trade-related business in today's rapidly changing global environment.

Thompson Rivers University

Program name
Bachelor of Technology
Available credits:
Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship program, you will be eligible to transfer into the Bachelor of Technology at Thompson Rivers University, provided you meet all other admission criteria and space remains available in the program.

Thompson Rivers University

Program name
Bachelor of Technology: Trades and Technology Leadership
Available credits:
Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship program, you will be eligible to transfer into the Bachelor of Technology: Trades and Technology Leadership at Thompson Rivers University, provided you meet all other admission criteria and space remains available in the program.

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2024/25 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2024.

The estimated total cost of 2024/25 tuition and fees in each period of technical training.
Period Number of weeks Tuition fees Additional fees Total
1 8 $1,152 $329 $1,481
2 8 $1,152 $329 $1,481
3 8 $1,152 $329 $1,481
4 8 $1,152 $329 $1,481
Total cost:

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Books or modules, along with other items for classes, are approximately $600 per period.

We recommend you don't purchase books or modules ahead of time as they might be outdated by the time you attend classes, and they cannot be returned to the Bookstore.

This program requires personal protective equipment (PPE), which may be an additional cost.

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Funding options for apprentices

Apprentices get to learn while they earn, but there are still costs to consider. Many resources are available at SAIT and federally to help support apprentices.

Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.


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